Friday, December 3, 2010
I Will Now Call Every Assignment a Test
The students just finished a reading test. I have not graded them yet. Based on the handwriting of the students I can see that they took extra time and give their best quality effort. My theory is that the word "test" conjures some type of trigger in a student's mind. It makes them focus extra hard on the task at hand. Normally many of the students do have legible handwriting. Some don't. Though none of the students on a day to day basis produce the quality that I saw on the test today.
This test handwriting is impeccable.
I will now call everything a test. Classwork-Test. Homework-Test. Quiz-Test. Test...um Test?
No, I will not call everything a test.
But the question is: How can I hold students accountable on every assignment to get them to produce such quality work? If you have any suggestions, please share.
In the meantime...I need to grade some tests.